The Texas Legislature has mandated all new state employees receive training on sexual harassment and equal employment opportunity during the initial 30 days of employment and supplemental training every two years thereafter.  In addition, the Texas Administrative Code 202 requires periodic training on the secure use of information resources.  To adhere to these mandates, a Bi-Annual Compliance Training module will be placed on the Learning Zone on October 3, 2016.

The Office of Information Security is excited to announce that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  NCSAM is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). It is a collaborative effort among educational institutions, government, and businesses to promote Internet safety and data security.

Governor Abbott has declared October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month for the state of Texas.  The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is hosting three speaker sessions that focus on information security.  These sessions are open to ALL employees at state agencies and institutions of higher education.  In addition, the session on October 19 is open to the general public as well.  The sessions are listed below (with registration links).  Additional details on the sessions can be found in the by clicking on the titles below.

UT System pilots, Jeff Perkins and Dave Crosby, have each been awarded the National Business Aviation Associations (NBAA) Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Business Aviation Award.  The award honors individuals for outstanding professionalism and leadership in support of aviation safety.  Criteria for the award included professional ethics, vocational excellence, continuous improvement, professional engagement, professional image and selflessness.  Dave and Jeff will be recognized along with their peers at the NBAA national convention later this year.

Last week, the IRS sent two notices/alerts about criminals sending out fake IRS tax bills related to the Affordable Care Act to defraud taxpayers. Below is an excerpt:

This scam may arrive by email, as an attachment, or by mail. It has many signs of being a fake:

Please see below for upcoming CPR/AED and First Aid Classes:

Adult, Child, & Infant CPR/AED

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016  8am-1pm

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016  8am-1pm

Adult CPR/AED

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016  1:30pm-4:30pm

First Aid

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016  1:30pm-4:30pm

To sign up go to https://apps.utsystem.edu/ORMTraining/TrainList.aspx

Construction continues at a brisk pace on the new UT System Building! 

View looking north from the 16th floor.

Curtainwall construction has started on the roof level and there is work on every floor.  Paint primer has started!  Wall tile has started!

Progress on our new building continues at a steady pace. Here is a picture from Colorado & 7th Street.Exterior view of the new UT System building from 7th Street looking west.

Email is still one of the primary ways we communicate, both in our personal and professional lives. However, we can quite often be our own worst enemy when using email.

The construction site is busy as a beehive!  The curtainwall installation has made its way to the 18th floor.  There is significant construction activity on every floor including electrical, mechanical, and plumbing rough-in (pipes, conduit, fittings), metal stud installation, sheetrock, tap and float, and the instllation of the elevators has started.  There will be internet and telecom presence by the end of the year!...